Walking School Bus to OAE expands
Blog by FWC board member - Vonnett Seeger
I have been thrilled by the number of children and families that have taken an interest in the Walking School Bus (WSB) to Ocean Avenue Elementary school! A year ago, the FWC Active Transportation Committee (ATC), set as a high priority the establishment of a WSB program to serve our neighborhood. We started the program last spring with a group of 7 neighborhood children! Their parents strongly believed in the benefits of having their children walk to school with me on Tuesdays. Benefits include:
Walking to school enables children to incorporate regular physical activity before they arrive to school
When families decide to lace up their sneakers to get to school, they help reduce the amount of air pollutants emitted by automobiles
Children and parents develop a sense of community when walking with friends and neighbors along the way!
Fast forward to this fall when we currently walk up to 14 children Tuesday through Friday mornings! 6 parent volunteers make this possible and we just had our first non-parent volunteer sign up to walk. In order to offer this wonderful opportunity to more children we need more adults volunteers to walk to ensure a fun and SAFE experience.